About Us

Committed to improving society through transparency and technology

UpState is a project of Code The Dream

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Cody Hill

Head of Partnerships
Cody grew up just outside of Washington DC in northern Virginia. After studying Public Policy and Spanish at The College of William & Mary he taught English in rural Spain. He next did sales at LivingSocial and marketing at Collage Group before getting his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill. From there he worked in retail ops at Amazon and most recently was a Product Operations leader at Facebook in San Francisco. He recently left Facebook to join Upstate as Head of Growth as he is passionate about using technology to reform and update government.

Email him at cody@keepupstate.com
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Ricky Leung

Head of Product
Ricky Leung (he, him) has a background in visual communications, design, and website development with a multimedia journalism degree from UNC Chapel Hill. For the past decade, he has worked with grassroots immigrant and Asian communities in North Carolina to advocate for immigrant and voter rights through socially just policy changes. Ricky looks forward to working with the CTD team on tools that will help empower community-based advocacy.

Email him at ricky@codethedream.org
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Chuck Anderson

Senior Developer
Chuck was born in NY and graduated from Adelphi University with a BS in Physics and a BA in philosophy. He joined Code the Dream in the 2018 cohort for Ruby on Rails. Since then he has tackled a wide range of topics from marketplaces to cryptocurrencies and enjoys learning new and varied solutions. He has filled many roles from intern to lead developer and looks forward to the growth and challenges ahead.
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Ramiro Rodriguez

Co-founder of Code The Dream, CTO
Ramiro knows about the American Dream and he knows about coding. Originally from Mexico, Ramiro moved to the United States as a child and excelled in school. He majored in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Cornell and later returned for a Masters in Computer Science. Together with an amazing team of top-notch volunteer instructors and mentors, he leads Code the Dream's teaching and project-based learning.

Code the Dream apprentices

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KJ Loving
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Candace Fisher
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Sheila Hernandez Diaz